Photo by Clint Confehr
    By Clint Confehr

MEMPHIS, TN – An anonymous man shouted “Let freedom ring” among thousands of people in front of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel as a church bell rang.

From a room in the National Civil Rights Museum on Mulberry Street in Memphis.
Photo by Clint Confehr

The bell began tolling 39 times at 6:01 p.m. for the time the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by a sniper across Mulberry Street. Dr. King was 39 years old.

Famous Civil Rights leaders from the 1960s and ‘70s spoke during this Wednesday, April 4, 2018, program exactly 50 year after King’s assassination on the second floor balcony in front of his motel room.

Ironically, the TV camera stands placed by the museum for the press are in the line of sight of where that fatal bullet was shot from the bathroom of rented quarters across the street.


Clint Confehr — an American journalist since 1972 — first wrote for The Tennessee Tribune in 1999. His news writing and photography in South Central Tennessee and the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical...